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How to Tell if it’s Time to Replace your Water Heater

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The best time to replace your home water heater is before it fails, otherwise, you have no choice but to replace it right away.

The good news is that your water heater will usually give you signs that it’s ready to be replaced before it gives out altogether. Here are five things to keep an eye out for that could indicate your water heater is heading for trouble:

Your Water Heater is More than 10 Years Old

The average life expectancy of an oil-fired water heater is between 10 and 15 years; if your water heater has had its 10th birthday in your home, it’s time to start thinking about upgrading. If your water heater was there when you bought your home and you don’t know how old it is, check out this video to learn how to find out.

Your Energy Bills are Going Up

Your water heater accounts for about 20 percent of your home’s energy usage. If your energy bills are rising and you can’t explain why, it could be a problem with your water heater.

Your Water Heater is Noisy

Improperly maintained water heaters often have sediment built up on the bottom of the tank, which can make banging or rumbling noises when the water is being heated. It’s important to drain your water heater periodically to remove these sediments – something our technicians can do during routine maintenance. If it’s been years since you drained your tank of sediment, you might need to install a new one.

Your Hot Water is Rusty

Rusty hot water coming from your tank could mean your water heater is corroding on the inside, which could lead to a leak or water heater failure.

You See Water on the Floor around the Water Heater

Water heater leaks aren’t always floods. Sometimes, they start with a small trickle that leaves the area around your water heater wet.

If you’re seeing one, or more, of these signs, we can install a new, energy efficient oil-fired water heater for you! Oil-fired water heaters heat water faster and cost less to operate than most electric water heater models, and you have the option of going with a tankless water heater for endless hot water on-demand!

If you’re ready for a new oil-fired water heater, contact Frank Lamparelli today for installation and service by our team of experienced technicians!

Frank Lamparelli – serving Boston Metro, Brockton, Plymouth, and surrounding communities from our headquarters in Canton, MA.